There are so many tales, fables, folklores, traditions and stories that we have come to associate with Christmas. Among those are Santa Claus, flying reindeer, Rudolph, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, the Grinch, etc. Sadly, we have accepted them as "real". It is like the M&M commercial where the two M&Ms run into Santa and the M&M exclaims, "He does exist!". And Santa exclaims the same, "They do exist!". We teach our children to believe in these "characters", as though they exist even though they aren't real. Yet, we neglect the one true reason for Christmas-- the nativity, the birth of Jesus.
This, my friends, is the one thing that is not a fable, it is not a tale, it is not just a campfire story that has been passed down from generation to generation. It may seem untrue-- a virgin gives birth to a baby in a stable who is the Son of God. But it is true. It is the only true thing about our Christmas celebration.
Let's not put the emphasis on these others or pretty soon the story of the birth of Christ will begin to fade into obscurity or become in our minds and hearts just another Christmas fable like the rest of them.
Have a great day. There are a lot of Christmas fables and tales, but the birth of Jesus is not one of them-- it is the truth.
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